Heritage Health - Walnut is a small nursing home in Walnut, Illinois. This nursing home proved to be a quality facility, with an overall grade of B+. Based on our analysis, this facility looks like a good fit for most people. This nursing home's impressive profile was highlighted by its inspection grade, which is addressed in the next section.
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Heritage Health - Walnut
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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On top of receiving an elite overall grade, this nursing home received an A+ inspection grade. This is based on its recent inspection reports. An A+ in this category is one of the highest complements we can offer a facility. Our inspection ratings account for a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with better scores in this area usually have few of these severe deficiencies. Fortunately, although this facility had some minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means the government inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home was given a strong long-term care score as well. We awarded it one of our better scores in that category with a grade of B+. When facilities receive this type of grade in long-term care it is typically a good sign for resident care and suggests that the facility is well-staffed with nurses aids. On top of looking at the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 100 percent of its residents, which is much higher than the majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
In addition, this facility also was given favorable short-term care scores in our assessment. In fact, we gave it one of our stronger scores in that category, with a grade of B. Our short-term care ratings are important for prospective residents looking for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically mandates higher levels of skilled nursing. This means a broad range of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final datapoint we assessed in this category is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
The final area we graded was nursing. We awarded this nursing home one of our better scores in this area, with a B. This nursing home ended up being very solid in each area we assessed. Our nursing rating weighs a handful of subcategories, but the paramount one is the number of nurse hours per patient per week. This particular nursing home provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in the area of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heritage Health - Walnut Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 8.8% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 3.56% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who experienced falls which resulted in severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls could be an indication of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 2.49% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term residents who have experienced a urinary tract infection. UTI's may be an indication of worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this metric may also be misleading for certain nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are administered to residents for a variety of medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias. Tragically, in some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 19.21% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These medications are used to treat patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 31.81% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients demonstrating depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 87.05% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term care residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 13.3% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of deterioration of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 14.44% Percentage of Residents
This is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who were able to retain mobility.
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 1.92 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care. There is a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 14.44 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 13.66 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Heritage Health - Walnut, 69.52% Percentage of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term stay residents who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many would argue that this is a measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.
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